published Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Meet Julia – both of them

In campaigns, politicians work to communicate with voters on a level that paints a vivid picture around issues to create a narrative that fits into an overall message.

Barack Obama's re-election campaign recently launched a website, "The Life of Julia," that traces the government's influence, benefits and the aura of entitlement around a character created to show "how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime ... " with direct contrasts offered to presidential candidate Mitt Romney's proposals.

The "slideshow" format walks the online viewer from age 3 to age 67 of the fictional composite, Julia, through the benefits of Head Start and various touches of government mandates through health care, student loan repayment and Medicare.

An Investor's Business Daily political cartoon sets "Julia" in a frame of art. Michael Ramirez insightfully depicts a faceless "Life of Julia" female sitting on a sofa between a man and a woman in their home. The cartoon speech bubble fixed over Julia reads, "Pay for my birth control. Pay for my electric car. Pay for my healthcare. Weatherize my house. Loan me money for college. Repay my college loans. Pay for my unemployment. Pay for my solar panels. Pay for my job training. Pay for my mortgage. Pay for my entitlements. Food stamps ... "

The female character beside whom Julia sits interrupts and asks incredulously, "Who are you?"

Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by a government to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered.

Let's meet the Julia who should, instead, be lifted up and honored as all-America's version. Army Sgt. Julia Bringloe executed and led "dozens of courageous acts" with her medevac team that rescued 14 wounded soldiers during a 60-hour mission, Operation Hammer Down.

The Afghanistan operation was to make strides in wiping out insurgent training camps with an active firefight that left Sgt. Bringloe's Black Hawk helicopter and an additional 3-person crew, as the only winged angels of rescue for America's wounded, according to news accounts.

Despite a fractured leg resulting from one of her hoist maneuvers dangling from the helicopter carrying a soldier, this "Julia" was dropped time and again in the midst of live fire. The last drop was to lay on the ground among the battling troops as a fatally wounded translator's body was lifted in respect. Bringloe's last hoist up was in the spray of enemy fire directed toward her that made "a kind of whistling," in her own words.

Sgt. Julia Bringloe refused credit for her heroic acts, saying "There is no doubt in my mind that I owe my life to the competence and sheer determination of my crew." That crew has been nominated for several commendations.

This "Julia" joins only six other women to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross since 1927. Among the seven, a fearless female named Amelia Earhart was recognized for "extraordinary achievement for an aerial flight."

The tale of two Julias is a revelation of a growing divide and contrast in America: Those who are served versus those who serve. Those who protest for freedom versus those who fight for it. Those who cultivate anger and division for identity politics versus those who stand in the gap for "Peace through strength."

Which Julia will America honor and emulate?

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Easy123 said...

Just to clarify, no one is asking anyone to pay for any of the things mentioned by Michael Ramirez. America should honor both Julia's. But I guess poor people shouldn't be honored. I guess they should be ridiculed for leaching off the government, right? Wrong.

It still blows my mind that people (this author included) think that the benefits that the poor get from the government are luxuries. Let's just cut everyones pay and let them live on food stamps and in government housing. I guess that whole "helping the less fortunate" thing doesn't resonate with the religious Right anymore.

May 29, 2012 at 12:32 a.m.

Ah that's cute, you can make your own version of Julia to suit your narrative.

Let's try some more. The one where Julia is told if she doesn't do well in school, it's completely her fault, and she should be grateful for what she does get.

The one where if Julia is a lesbian, she's told that her relationship with another woman is sick and unclean, and she certainly can't talk about it if she's in the military because that will destroy morale.

The one where if Julia doesn't get paid as much as Johnnie for the exact same work, she should shut up and take it.

Or perhaps the one where Julia is called a slut by a national media pundit because she explains how contraceptives have many valid uses in women's health care despite being shut out of an all-male congressional hearing.

Seems to me you're the one promoting division and cultivating anger based on identity politics. You want peace through oppression and suppression. You want to co-opt the story of a servicemember for your own agenda.

I sincerely hope Julia and everybody else rejects your negative narrative.

Easy123: What's even more ludicrous is how many of them think that just because you're wealthy you don't benefit from the government. How many people make millions off government spending? Both direct and indirect? Who would be where they are if not for the society our government helps to foster.

That's the job of government, to keep society functioning.

May 29, 2012 at 12:34 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Bulbs for the win!

I totally agree with you. I don't understand this hatred for the poor by Republicans. They act as if everyone getting anything from the government is a parasite. It's totally illogical. Especially when so many Republicans are poor. Take the state of Mississippi for example. It is the poorest state in the country. A Democrat hasn't won Miss. since 1976. 3 out of their last 4 governors have been Republican going back to 1992.

I don't know how the GOP does it. But they get poor people to vote against their own interests. And this article is just showing us all how the Right thinks of the poor and women in general.

May 29, 2012 at 12:35 a.m.
conservative said...

With Obamination losing many of his base, he has had to turn to appeals to a hard Socialist line. The trouble with that is it receives notice by those who value the freedoms of our traditional economic system.

Thank you Free Press.

May 29, 2012 at 7:38 a.m.
Easy123 said...

You don't know what Socialism is.

May 29, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.
moon4kat said...

conservative values "our traditional economic system." Like cyclical depressions, recessions, and the failure of small banks? Or, like 16-hour work days in unsafe environments for meager pay, and unrestricted child labor in dangerous factories?
Please define "traditional economic system."

May 29, 2012 at 8:26 a.m.
conservative said...

One of big faults out of the many of Socialism is that you have to please everyone to stay in power. Money that could be used for hospital rooms is instead diverted to matters of much less importance.

It will be the same for us if Obaminationcare is not overturned.

May 29, 2012 at 8:33 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Do you realize that our healthcare is ranked 37th in the world?

Here is a list of countries ahead of us with universal healthcare:

France-1st United Kingdom-18th Israel-28th Canada-30th Finland-31 Austrailia-32nd and Communist Cuba is 39th, 2 spots under us.

You don't understand what you are talking about Conservative.

May 29, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
conservative said...

I wonder if anyone has put forth a cartoon depicting Obamination in a hoodie on top of the American taxpayer pummeling him unmercifully?

May 29, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Because it could probably be construed as racist, you idiot.

May 29, 2012 at 8:43 a.m.
conservative said...

"Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by a government to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered."

That is so good that it bears repeating!

"Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by a government to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered."

May 29, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.
moon4kat said...

To conservative: please define your terms. What are the "matters of much less importance" to which you think money for hospital rooms is diverted?
Also, by "traditional economic system," do you mean the classic cycles of unregulated boom and bust, inflation and depression, child labor, unsafe work environments, and the unrestrained pillaging and polluting of natural resources? Please explain, if you can.

May 29, 2012 at 9:11 a.m.
conservative said...

Moon...

The matters of less importance are in the article. Read the article not just the comments on the article.

As for your other question, you answer it, it is your strawman.

May 29, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Moon4kat,

You can't argue with stupid e.g. Conservative.

May 29, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.

conservative, you feel free in our traditional economic system, where debt chains a person to a job? Where being beholden to the insurance provided by an employer chains a person to a job? Where if they could, companies would pay you in scrip and require you to buy from the company store?

If you really wanted to embrace freedom, you'd support universal health care and education. This would free up individuals in a huge way.

But no, conservative will just repeat things already said, as if repetition made them true.

They don't.

May 29, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.
conservative said...

"Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by a government to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered."

Better :

"Julia, in the mind of Barack Obama and Democrats, is a helpless female whose voting interests are directly tied with a promise of benefits from womb to the tomb provided to her by forcefully taking other people's money to which she is eternally dependent and only by which she's empowered."

May 29, 2012 at 12:02 p.m.
Easy123 said...

You do realize your small alteration (and the original) is absolutely false, right? I guess not. Conservative, you live in an alternate reality. Unbelievable.

May 29, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
conservative said...

Strange that Obamination in touting Socialism would start with the big Socialist failure Head Start.

"Unfortunately, a new (long overdue) report published by the Department of Health and Human found that the $150 billion that taxpayers have “invested” in Head Start since 1965 is yielding zero lasting benefits for participating children. According to the Head Start Impact Study: “the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole.”

Key words "zero" "absent"

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ "Head Start: A $150 Billion Failure"

http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/15/head-start-a-150-billion-failure/
May 29, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.
Easy123 said...

The results are mixed about Head Start. It's not a failure. It's also a good cause. Conservative, you are just full of misinformation. It's unbelievable how you can be so deluded.

May 29, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.
conservative said...

Considering the plethora of news articles exposing the failure of Head Start you have to wonder why Obamination started with Head Start as an example of using other people's money.

Here is an excerpt from another article on the failure of Head Start :

"In fact, not a single one of the 114 tests administered to first graders -- of academics, socio-emotional development, health care/health status and parenting practice -- showed a reliable, statistically significant effect from participating in Head Start."

Head Start: A tragic waste of money By ANDREW J. COULSON Last Updated: 4:29 AM, January 28, 2010

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/head_start_tragic_waste_of_money_L7V5dJC333RDC8QT8UEWaO#ixzz1wHeIayxe

May 29, 2012 at 3:08 p.m.
Easy123 said...

The results are mixed about Head Start. It's not a failure. It's also a good cause. Conservative, you are just full of misinformation. It's unbelievable how you can be so deluded.

May 29, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.

HWNB said: "That's the job of government, to keep society functioning"

What? The Federal Government's jobs are plainy enumerated in the constitution of the USA. The words "to keep society functioning" aren't anywere in it. Your premise that it is the governments job to guide us and show us the right way to live are almost religious.

Easy123 said: "Here is a list of countries ahead of us with universal healthcare" We don't yet have universal healthcare here and only the freeloaders want universal healthcare. I am ashamed that we rated at all in that study.

The Obama Julia is a burden on the USA. The second Julia is a leader and a contributor to the success of her fellow countrymen. I am with the second Julia. I hope the first one starves if she doesn't work to improve her own lot in life. If you don't agree, are you saying Darwin was wrong?

May 29, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

Conservative keeps pounding you guys with facts from studies and you just keep calling him names and making unqualified statements that don't do anything to refute the facts. Keep it up. I like how it enhances your credibility.

May 29, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
conservative said...

Obamination verses the truth.

another excerpt :

"One reason for its failure was the misguided practice at some Head Start centers, where teaching the alphabet was actually banned, in favor of teaching social skills."

Education Week: The 'Failure' of Head Start Head Start has failed. The federal preschool program for 4-year-olds was supposed to "level the playing field" for poor children, and it has not done that ...

www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2002/09/25/04merrow.h22.html

May 29, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
conservative said...

FPSE... My comment following yours, reminded me of an old song by Jimmy Jones:

Oh, you need timing a tick a tick a tick a Good timing a tick a tick a tick a tick a Timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you

If little little David hadn't grabbed that stone Lying there on the ground Big Goliath might have stomped on him Instead of the other way But he had

Timing a tick a tick a tick a Good timing a tick a tick a tick a tick a Timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you

Who in the world woulde ever known What Columbus could do If Queen Isabella hadn't hocked her jewels In fourteen ninety two But she had

Timin' a tick a tick a tick a Good timin' a tick a tick a tick a tick a Timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you

What would've happened if you and I Hadn't just happened to meet We might have spent the rest of our lives Walkin' dawn Misery Street But we had

Timing a tick a tick a tick a Good timing a tick a tick a tick a tick a Timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you

Yeah we had timing Oh, oh, oh, good timing Yeah, yeah yeah, timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you Yeah we had timing Oh, oh, oh, good timing Yeah, yeah yeah, timing is the thing It's true good timing brought me to you

May 29, 2012 at 5:10 p.m.
chatt_man said...

Earlier, conservative wonders if anyone has put forth a cartoon depicting Obamination in a hoodie on top of the American taxpayer pummeling him unmercifully?

Easy123 replies... Because it could probably be construed as racist, you idiot.

I thought everyone knew... a black in a hoodie can't be racist, unless Easy123 depicts the American taxpayer getting pummelled as a white.

As bad as you hate to hear it guys and gals, conservative is correct. The Obama administration is pushing such a inclusive "government dependability" program, that there are not enough of "everybody's elses money" for that to be a sustainable plan.

The well to do people that have money will leave or hide it (like the democrat that registered his large boat in the other state), and the middle to upper class people, (the ones that employee the most) will no longer be able to afford to hire people and grow their business.

Like Margaret Thatcher once said... "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

May 29, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
Easy123 said...

FPSE,

You are misunderstanding what I said. The countries that I mentioned have universal healthcare. And they all rank better than us on a world scale. Universal healthcare isn't "only for freeloaders". It's for everyone. It seems to be working for the 6 countries I named that rank ahead of us in healthcare.

You don't understand universal healthcare. It's a very good idea and will work if it can be implemented properly. You should research it. I'm sure you won't. But you should.

Also, what if the first Julia can't work? What if she is disabled? What if she already works several jobs or has kids? If you really believe that this Julia is a burden on the US and wish for her death, then you are morally bankrupt. Whatever happened to helping out your fellow man/woman? What does Darwin have to do with it? You obviously don't understand Darwin or natural selection. Herbert Spencer coined the term "survival of the fittest" if that's what you are referring to.

To FPSE and Conservative,

http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/civil-rights/head-start-study/

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/impact_study/reports/first_yr_execsum/first_yr_execsum.pdf

Don't question my credibility. I did volunteer work for Head Start in high school. It's a good program. But like I said, the reviews are mixed. Is my credibility enhanced enough now boss? Keep it up.

May 29, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Chatt_man,

Yes, it can be construed as racist in light of the Trayvon Martin murder. But I guess you can't grasp that.

And Obama still isn't a socialist. Just ask other socialists:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/14/Obama.socialist/index.html?hpt=C2

May 29, 2012 at 5:25 p.m.
conservative said...

What does the left's Joe Klein say about Head Start?

from Joe Klein at Time magazine. As Klein reports,

We spend more than $7 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1 million children each year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program’s effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start simply does not work.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2081778,00.html

May 29, 2012 at 6:34 p.m.
Easy123 said...

I really don't think you can read.

May 29, 2012 at 6:43 p.m.

FlyingPurpleSheepleEater, did I limit my comments to the US Federal government or the US Constitution? No, I was describing the function of government. But oh my word, you mean they expressed things in a DIFFERENT WAY?

What a surprise to me.

Doesn't mean they didn't say it.

Let's read the start:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

All of these are what I consider to be part of keeping society functioning. You can find even more expansion on this subject in the other state constitutions, in the Declaration of Independence, and in the writings of the Founding Fathers. Why don't you go look? Oh I know, because you'd have to admit you're not being authentic with your argument.

Your childish attempt to use literalist arguments just tells me you're not interested in honest discussion, but some deliberate attempt to avoid a discussion by professing to adhere to an unrealistic standard that's based on reasoning through absurdity.

That just destroyed your credibility. Much like conservative has destroyed his own. Sucking up to conservative...really doesn't help you either.

Easy123: It's obvious, they choose to close their minds. It's really quite apparent that they don't want to talk with anybody on honest terms, they won't hold themselves accountable to the demands they make of others, or do anything but engage in a self-congratulatory circle as they cheer on further bouts of moronic jeering.

May 30, 2012 at 12:37 a.m.

HWNB, The government doesn't keep society functioning, honest people do. Your non-criminal family, friends and neighbors are what keeps society functioning. Solid values and intelligent interaction are what keeps society functioning. Hard work and freedom are what keeps society functioning.

Government as invasive as the federal government interferes with society. The Bill of Rights enumerates the protections the founding fathers put in place to limit government intervention in the lives of the people. The federal government is working overtime to undermine those rights. It is now less a government of the people, by the people and for the people than it has ever been. The "benefits" applauded by the Julia narrative are part of the problem.

Ouch. All those bad names have ruined my self esteem. Please stop. Words have literal meanings you know.

Sucking up? I thought it was really funny, that immediately after that comment, you did what you described as me sucking up and commiserated with Easy123, who seems to be a bit more open minded than you.

Easy123, I believe I did misread what you wrote. Can you link your source so that I can actually see what exactly that rating system takes into account? Was it based on affordability or accesss, effectiveness, efficiency? I would be interested in reading it.

On Headstart, I agree it is a good idea, but it seems to be used as a baby sitting service by most of the parents that participate. There are some parents that truly care about their children and reinforce the lessons learned when the kids get home, but those seem to be few in the welfare crowds.

Now, I know alot of disabled individuals that don't want you to think of them as disabled. They don't want hand outs and really only accept help when they absolutely positively cannot do it on their own and even after accepting the help, do everything they can to pay that back by volunteering or giving in kind. They aren't like the 1st Julia in the narrative who seems to be looking for everyway possible to get subsidized by some government program. She doesn't represent what I consider to be a contributor to the country. The second Julia does. She is a giver, not a taker.

May 30, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.

HWNB, The government doesn't keep society functioning, honest people do. Your non-criminal family, friends and neighbors are what keeps society functioning. Solid values and intelligent interaction are what keeps society functioning. Hard work and freedom are what keeps society functioning.

Government as invasive as the federal government interferes with society. The Bill of Rights enumerates the protections the founding fathers put in place to limit government intervention in the lives of the people. The federal government is working overtime to undermine those rights. It is now less a government of the people, by the people and for the people than it has ever been. The "benefits" applauded by the Julia narrative are part of the problem.

Ouch. All those bad names have ruined my self esteem. Please stop. Words have literal meanings you know.

Sucking up? I thought it was really funny, that immediately after that comment, you did what you described as me sucking up and commiserated with Easy123, who seems to be a bit more open minded than you.

Easy123, I believe I did misread what you wrote. Can you link your source so that I can actually see what exactly that rating system takes into account? Was it based on affordability or accesss, effectiveness, efficiency? I would be interested in reading it.

On Headstart, I agree it is a good idea, but it seems to be used as a baby sitting service by most of the parents that participate. There are some parents that truly care about their children and reinforce the lessons learned when the kids get home, but those seem to be few in the welfare crowds.

Now, I know alot of disabled individuals that don't want you to think of them as disabled. They don't want hand outs and really only accept help when they absolutely positively cannot do it on their own and even after accepting the help, do everything they can to pay that back by volunteering or giving in kind. They aren't like the 1st Julia in the narrative who seems to be looking for every way possible to get subsidized by some government program. She doesn't represent what I consider to be a contributor to the country. The second Julia does. She is a giver, not a taker.

May 30, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.
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